The first technical training course within the System-Risk European Training Network on the topic “Fundamentals of Risk Analysis and Risk Management Concepts” was held from 23 to 27 January 2017 in Bologna, Italy.
This course also included a technical seminar at the headquarters of the Italian Regional Agency for Civil Protection (http://protezionecivile.regione.emilia-romagna.it/), located in the city of Bologna (Emilia-Romagna Region).
A set of tailored presentations was delivered to the Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) by Italian national, regional and interregional institutions, with competence in the field of flood analysis and management. The presentations brought a very practical view of how the flood risk chain works in the country, and how science is used. Associated to the degree of relevance that sparked many individual interests in the room, the ESRs actively engaged in lively discussions with experienced operational staff on current capacities and potential improvements.
The morning finished with a technical visit to the Regional Agency’s situation room, where the ESRs could experience first-hand how the Civil Protection for natural hazards is organized in the country, what means are available, information they make use of, how it is broadcasted to different stakeholders, and mainly how and when they respond. The ESRs were very enthusiastic about this experience and that was again reflected during the question and answer session at the end.
The whole group, ESRs, supervisors and speakers extended the conversation over lunchtime, which they had the opportunity to share.